August 30th, 2021. Toronto-St. Paul’s.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, our campaign has raised more than $40,000 in donations to date—exceeding fundraising goals and empowering team Phil De Luna to run a competitive campaign.
But the reality is, we’re in an election that a majority of Canadians did not want, in the middle of a global pandemic, surrounded by wildfires, and now we’re finding out that the country is unable to adequately respond to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
The situation in Afghanistan demands Canada’s full attention: there are thousands of Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and Afghan allies who helped Canada’s mission but are now being left behind. The government has committed to resettling 20,000 vulnerable Afghans due to the rapid Taliban takeover, but only 3,700 have been evacuated. Resettlement will require resources, sponsorships, and donations. Canada has a responsibility to our allies and those who were left behind.
If you’d like to support our campaign, we’d love you to join us as a volunteer or take a lawn sign. But we recognize the most urgent need at this time is to donate to the Afghanistan relief effort.
Note: Organization information below is via Global News.
Women for Women International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping female survivors of war. They’ve already reached their goal of $500,000 that will go directly towards an emergency response for women who have escaped Afghanistan and those still on the ground, but they say every donation will still help.
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a volunteer not-for-profit organization committed to educating and providing educational opportunities for women and girls in Afghanistan. Their recent emergency response project is accepting donations that will be used “to provide essentials in Afghanistan, from diapers and formula to food, water, and blankets.”
Afghan Women’s Organization Refugee and Immigrant Services is a non-profit organization based in the Greater Toronto Area that helps Afghan newcomers to Canada get settled in. They primarily work with women and their families, refugees and survivors of war and persecution. Their programming includes mental health services and counselling, settlement counselling, family and food support services.
International Refugee Assistance Project organizes law students and lawyers around the world to “develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.” Currently, IRAP is working to help bring displaced Afghans to safety by providing free legal services and litigation.
UNICEF Canada is a child-focused humanitarian organization working to provide communities in Afghanistan with clean water, medical aid and nutrition support, provide safe spaces for women and children and support families who have become displaced.
Veterans Transition Network is a national Canadian charity focused on helping veterans transition from the military. They are asking for donations for their Emergency Support for Afghan Interpreters program, which will “provide shelter and support to interpreters in Afghanistan awaiting evacuation to Canada.”
Miles4Migrants is a charity that uses donated frequent flyer miles to help people and their immediate family members fleeing war, persecution or disaster who may be legally authorized to travel to safety but can’t afford the flight.
International Media Support is a non-profit organization that aims to support journalists working in war-torn and high-risk areas. They have partnered with the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee and are collecting funds to provide Afghan journalists with shelters and safe-houses, food, clothing, blankets, utilities and supports to keep the country’s independent media outlets running.
To learn how to sponsor an Afghan refugee, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/refugees/afghanistan/volunteer-donate.html
Our campaign is funded by grassroots supporters like you who chip in what they can, when they can.
We need your help to make bold change. Work with us to build a better Canada.
Toronto-St. Paul’s is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
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